Saturday, 17 May 2014

Non-Libyan explanation of Lockerbie increasingly mainstream

[What follows is an excerpt from a review published today on the website of The Sydney Morning Herald of Nigel Cawthorne’s book Flight MH370: The Mystery:]

Seventy-one days after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared, the first book about the disaster will go on sale on Monday with a theory about what might have happened. (...)

Flight MH370: The Mystery, which is made available by NewSouth Books in Sydney, doesn't claim to have any answers but to some extent supports the theory that the aircraft may have been accidentally shot down during a joint Thai-US military exercise in the South China Sea. Searchers were then possibly led in the wrong direction to cover up the mistake, it suggests. (...)

He says this raises the significance that around the time the plane's transponder went off at 01.21, New Zealander Mike McKay, working on an oil rig in the Gulf of Thailand, saw a burning plane. He links that to the joint Thai-US military exercise going on in the South China Sea with personnel from China, Japan, Indonesia and other countries.

''The drill was to involve mock warfare on land, in water and in the air, and would include live-fire exercises,'' he writes.

''Say a participant accidentally shot down Flight MH370. Such things do happen. No one wants another Lockerbie [Pan Am flight 103 by terrorists in 1988 allegedly in retaliation for a US Navy strike on an Iranian commercial jet six months earlier], so those involved would have every reason to keep quiet about it.''

[RB: It is not clear whether the piece in square brackets in the last paragraph represents the view of the author or of the reviewer about what led to Lockerbie. But in any case it is an indication of just how mainstream the non-Libyan explanation is becoming (except, of course, in Scottish, UK and US official circles).]


    Lockerbie bombing finally brings light in the dark?
    The Switzerland bring the Lockerbie files still in the cellar: An extraordinary public prosecutor must clarify inconsistencies. Articles in Swiss magazine "Beobachter".

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    Lockerbie-Attentat Endlich Licht ins Dunkel?
    Die Schweiz holt die Lockerbie-Akten doch noch aus dem Keller: Ein ausserordentlicher Staatsanwalt muss Ungereimtheiten klären.

    by Edwin and Mahnaz Bollier, MEBO LTD TELECOMMUNICATION, SWITZERLAND. Webpage:

  2. "But in any case it is an indication of just how mainstream the non-Libyan explanation is becoming (except, of course, in Scottish, UK and US official circles).]" -- it does indeed Robert.

    No one taking an proper look at all of the evidence now available can seriously claim that there is any evidence Mr Megrahi had anything whatsoever to do with the destruction of Pan Am 103. Unless of course, those looking at the evidence, happen to be Lord Advocates, Crown Office employees or Justice Secretary.

  3. I'm glad to see Nigel Cawthorne is still going strong. I was an enormous fan of his book "The Bamboo Cage" (about the "MIA issue") although it was as credible as "Cover-up of Convenience". Studying the MIA hoax led me into Lockerbie.